Bermuda Chamber Choir to sing at St Peter’s rededication ceremony
The inspiration for the Bermuda Chamber Choir’s upcoming concert Season of Passion came from a private performance the group will be giving at St Peter’s Church, St George’s tomorrow.
The choir is to sing at a special ceremony rededicating the church as Their Majesties Chappell.
The service is invitation-only Season of Passion came about because choir director Ron Campbell wanted to share the programme with the general public.
“We are very proud to have been invited to provide the music for the redesignation of St Peter’s Church,” he said.
“For this special occasion I wanted the choir to perform some truly outstanding pieces, including newly composed music by the great John Rutter for the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate. During my search for other suitable compositions I was thrilled to discover the works of Bermuda-born composer Gabriel Jackson, a rising star on the international choral music scene.”
Mr Jackson’s parents were British but lived in Bermuda during the 1950s, when he was born. They left the Island, and he has never been back. According to Mr Campbell, Mr Jackson’s music is now being performed by choirs around the world.
Bermuda Chamber Choir will hold two concerts at Wesley Methodist Church in Hamilton.
“For these two concerts the choir will also perform ‘Requiem’ by John Rutter, one of the most beautiful sacred works ever written, full of lush harmonies and perfect for the Easter season,” said Mr Campbell.
“Accompanying the choir on the piano will be our own Oliver Grant and renowned guest organist Charles Callahan, one of America’s leading organist-composers. Also featured on this programme will be duos for organ and piano composed by Dr Callahan.”
He continued: “John Rutter in a recent television interview described his own musical style as ‘inclusive’ and as ‘something that could be appreciated by people everywhere’. We think this description could well be applied to the entire evening’s programme.”
The concerts will be held March 27 and 28 at 7.30pm. Tickets are available from C Travel on Burnaby Street, Bermuda School of Music in the old Berkeley building, and at the door. Adults tickets are $25; students $15. For more information contact Susan Kessaram: 535-5981; ccchoirdirector[AT]logic.bm.
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